#transientorcas photos & videos

7 hours ago

What a lovely fall afternoon to share with these beauties! 🐳 #orca #orcas #killerwhales #transients #biggskillerwhales #t109 #t109b #mudgeisland #doddnarrows #orcaholic #whales #bcwhales #transientorcas

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13 hours ago

Another amazing encounter. #orca #whaleofinstagram #killerwhales #transientorcas #yyj #vancuverisland

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3 days ago

Know Your “Look-Alike” Bigg’s Killer Whales 🐳🐳🐳⁣ ⁣ Matriarchs T36B (Tattertip ), T46 (Wake ), and T86A (Eider ) are next up in our "Look-Alikes" series! If you've been with us from the start, you'll recognize two of these fierce females from their featured bios: Wake (T46 ) who was rounded up to be auctioned off to a seaquarium in her youth, but fortunatley was released and is now a great-grandmother 🐳 & Tattertip (T36B ) youngest daughter of Flapjack and mother of three herself 🐳 These three ladies each have two deep notches along the trailing edge of their dorsal fins, which can lead to mix-ups when IDing. In fact, the nicknames "Tattertip" and "Wake" are both inspired by the tattered, or wave-like, appearance these notches create.⁣ ⁣ We hope these visual aids can serve as a useful tool in your ID arsenal:⁣ ⁣ 🔴 Red markings highlight dorsal fin notches⁣ 🔵 Blue markings highlight dorsal fin shape⁣ 🌳 Green markings highlight saddle patch shape⁣ ⚪ White markings highlight saddle patch scarring⁣ ⁣ For more Bigg's resources, including a more detailed version of this guide, follow the link in our bio.⁣ ⁣ As always, note that there are many ways to ID orcas apart from those outlines here, but we hope this can aid you in honing your identification skills 🐳⁣ ⁣ 📸 @salishwhales

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6 days ago

Happy first day of fall! 🍃🍂🍁 Members of the T65As surfacing in front of autumn leaves on Orcas Island. The T65As are Transient/Bigg’s killer whales (mammal eaters” who have become our “local transients” as they spend much of their time hunting here in the Salish Sea. #fallequinox #firstdayoffall #biggskillerwhales #transientkillerwhales

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1 weeks ago

Easily the best day of my life. We saw the T123 orca family, which was an unreal experience! #orca #t123 #salishsea #orcaconservation #transientorcas #sanjuanislands #whalewatching #killerwhales #savetheocean #pugetsound

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1 weeks ago

Look at that form!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was cheering like a proud mama yesterday when little Darcy (T123D ) here executed a series of perfect porpoising leaps. She's only two years old, yet look at that style! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Darcy, her sister Lucky (T123C ), and mama Sidney (T123 ) were cruising the harbor porpoise rich waters of the Strait of Georgia when they got the signal from big brother Stanley (T123A ) that lunch was served. Immediately, the girls changed direction and started racing towards Stanley, Darcy flying out of the water with almost every breath. Darcy seemed all business at first, but once they got closer to the site of the hunt it seemed that her excitment got the better of her because her perfect little leaps started turning into backflips and belly rolls at the surface. Who can blame her, she's still just a baby 😂💕⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These whales, these individuals, bring so much joy and wonder to those who have the privilege of encountering them in their oceanic world. I see the impact they leave on people almost every day, and witness how powerful it can be to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world, a world many of us don't often take the time to stop and appreciate, yet one which each of us depend on all the same. ⁣ ⁣ Our actions have very real impacts on this stunning planet we call home, and soon those of us in the United States will have a chance to speak up for our planet, to show that we recognize our longterm health and safety is intricately intertwined with that of the natural world. We will decide whether we subject our beautiful country, and these incredible species, to more careless actions executed by those motivated by power and greed. ⁣ ⁣ Please Vote with the planet in mind, because we are its voice in this election. And please, Vote Early 🌎

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2 weeks ago

This. Steller. Is. A. Fighter. ⁣ ⁣ I was so excited to spot 17-year-old Steller sea lion #183R yesterday, as I wasn't sure I'd ever see him again. Back in early May, this big boy had a run in with the T123s, a pod of four Bigg's killer whales. This Steller fought off this pod of four orca for over an hour, as they worked to tire him out by using team work to come at him from all sides. In the end, 183R managed to escape into the shallows of a small bay off San Juan Island, and the pod left him bruised and exhausted. After the beating he endured, I wasnt sure how this male would fair, but here he is nearly six months later! ⁣ ⁣ That hunt was one of the most dramatic sea lion hunts I'd ever witnessed, with the Bigg's literally leaping from the water as they corralled their prey. I don't think anyone watching expected this sea lion to make it, so the ending came as quite a shock. I wonder how many of the scars on 183R are from Bigg's killer whales, vs wounds recieves sparring with other male Stellers. It's clear this male has more stories to tell...⁣ ⁣ What's more, we visited with the T123s here in the islands TODAY! What are the odds? I wonder if 183R will ever run into this family again. He was safe today, as the pod was busy hunting harbor porpoise in the Strait of Georgia.⁣ ⁣ First 📸 is of 183R taken 9.19.20⁣. Second 📸 is of T123A "Stanley" taken 9.20.20.

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2 weeks ago

A quick hello from a big boy 🥰 . . It’s evident even at a distance that T69C is a big dude, and when he popped up for a visit around our stern I was mesmerized. His dorsal fin alone was taller than my five and a half foot self. I think I held my breath through this whole moment. It’s hard not to feel connected to these animals through encounters like these, though we have no idea what’s going on in their heads. . . * Engines off and photo taken with a telephoto lens and cropped. . . . . . #conservationthrougheducation #conservationphotography #conservation #wildlifephotography #blackfish #orca #killerwhale #biggsarethebalance #biggskillerwhales #transientorcas #dolphin #saveourseas #savethewhales #canon #canon80d #salishsea #explorevictoria #explorebc

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2 weeks ago

Meet T36A3, Storm 🐳⁣ ⁣ Leland's spunky little boy, Storm is now five years old and just as charismatic as his sisters. Storm was first seen swimming by his mother's side in 2015, yet his gender was only recently confirmed via photographic evidence. ⁣ ⁣ T36A3's nickname "Storm" is in reference to a lightening bolt shaped scar on his left saddle patch. He has also gone by the nickname "Mike III", in honor of Dr. Michael Bigg. The nickname "Storm" has been adopted in part to avoid confusion between T36A3 and the other whales who share the nickname "Mike". ⁣ ⁣ Earlier this week, we discussed the leading theories for why whales display surface active behaviors such as breaches. Today we'll address the million dollar question:⁣ ⁣ "WHEN do whales breach?"⁣ ⁣ The answer...Whenever they feel like it 🎉 Not the answer you were looking for? Bear with us. ⁣ ⁣ When it comes to Bigg's killer whales, there is no "breaching hour", or time of the day when breaches can be expected. That would be every photographer's dream, right? Breaches can be energetically taxing, so witnessing one is far less common than social media might lead you to believe 😉 However, one pattern that has been noted with Bigg's killer whales is that sometimes (not always! ) after a successful hunt, the pod may "celebrate" with more surface active behaviors. Social meetups between multiple pods, T-Parties, can also lead to an increase in social surface behaviors. Such is the case in this photo of Storm getting a little playful during a meetup with the extended family.⁣ ⁣ So for those hoping to witness Bigg's displaying such awe-inspiring physical feats, the best way to increase your chances of catching a breach is to increase your time spent on the water. Ask any whale photographer and they'll likely confirm that time, patience, and a little luck is often what's required to catch that perfect breach shot 🐳⁣ ⁣ 📸 @smurph .travel, courtesy of @islandadventurewhales

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2 weeks ago

Had some welcome visitors come by yesterday. These are mammal eaters with a baby! So cute! #transientorcas #mammaleaterorcas #sanjuanislands #henryislands #killerwhales #letsprotectthem

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2 weeks ago

The gorgeous AT6 Egagutak of the Chugach Transients population! 📸: Wendy.R via the North Gulf Oceanic Society Facebook page. (Please let me know if there is a way I can better credit this photographer! ) ◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾ This group only numbers 7 individuals. Check out my story on them for some more info! ◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾◾ #orcinusorca #orca #orcas #killerwhale #killerwhales #wildorca #wildorcas #dolphins #cetacean #cetaceans #beautiful #blackfish #thanksbutnotanks #anticap #theybelonginthesea #wildlifephotography #oceanphotography #whalephotography #whalewatching #chugachtransients #transientkillerwhales #transientorcas #at1transients

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2 weeks ago

On a very smoky day, after about 10 minutes on the boat we saw them, a pod of transient orcas ... t123 pod Sidney and her kids Stanley (the giant one ) , Lucky and Darcy. Nothing can prepare you for how big they seem up close and the emotion you feel. We followed their journey around the island which by a sheer stroke of luck was ours too. #transientorcas #t123s

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2 weeks ago

T102 is a Transient Orca, oldest of his 2 brothers. He enjoys long swims in the ocean and snacking on porpoises, as well as greeting Garry @garryhenkel #marinelife #marinemammals #transientorcas #orcas #canadianorcas #campbellriver #victoria #britishcolumbia #nikonphotography #nikoncoolpixp1000

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2 weeks ago

Who doesn’t love a sunset whale gathering? 🌅😍 Our sunset tour on August 19th had an impressive group of Bigg’s / Transient killer whales! Four families gathered and traveled through the Salish Sea (the T65As, T30s, some of the T137s and the rarely seen T28s ). These gatherings are a perfect opportunity for socialization and mating 😏. In fact, earlier that day it seemed that teenage T65A2 was trying to get a little frisky with T28. At 16, he’s still a little young for the ladies to be interested, but you can’t blame a guy for trying! Females are much more interested in large fully grown males - like T30A pictured here. (The one in the back ) . . . . . . #oceaneducation #conservationthrougheducation #conservation #blackfish #orca #killerwhale #transientorcas #biggskillerwhales #biggsarethebalance #whale #wildlifephotography #conservationphotography #canon #canon80d #explorebc #explorevictoria #saveourseas #savethewhales #marinescience

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2 weeks ago

⁣ Meet T36A2, Kailas 🐳⁣ ⁣ Granddaughter of Flapjack, second-eldest child of Leland, and younger sister to Tierna, this young orca has some strong females guiding her along in life. ⁣ ⁣ Born in 2012, Kailas is now eight years old, and her gender was only recently confirmed. Since the 2019 Bigg's ID catalog was published, photos have surfaced revealing the presence of mammary slits! ⁣ ⁣ Perhaps one of the most common questions asked on whale watching excursions is some variation of "Why do whales breach?" or "When do whales breach?". There are a few general theories as to what prompts surface active displays like the one Kailas is exhibiting here: ⁣ ⁣ 1 ) Dislodging parasites or unwanted hitchhikers from the skin, for example barnacles growing on baleen whales. Unfortunately, this can also apply to entangled whales trying to dislodge gear or debris.⁣ ⁣ 2 ) Communication over distance via sound. Sound carries farther and faster through water than through air, meaning sounds created via slaps on the surface could travel miles underwater.⁣ ⁣ 3 ) Social behavior! A surface active whale might just be having a good time or be socializing with others 😄 Body language could of course be categorized as another form of communication.⁣ ⁣ There may be other explanations or circumstances that prompt such behavior, but these tend to be the three most commonly cited. As to WHEN whales breach, well you'll have to wait to check out our next post for more on that 😉⁣ ⁣ 📸 @shorelinesnaturephotography

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2 weeks ago

Members of the T65Bs Transient/Bigg's killer whales (mammal eaters ) surfacing in a smoky haze. As natural disasters like uncontrollable forest fires and super storms ravage each side of the country it is getting more and more difficult to ignore the realities of climate change. While natural disasters like forest fires and hurricanes are a natural and important part of the ecosystem we are beginning to see these disasters become larger, more frequent and more devastating causing a loss of homes and habitat and in the case of much of the west coast hazardous air quality which will impact both humans and animals. There are many ways big and small us humans can help in the effort of climate change, but one of the most important and influential things you can do is to use your voice and vote. Vote for representatives and legislation both local and federal that take action on climate change. We encourage you to register to vote, and if you are already registered vote early. Check your local election board for important dates, locations and information: www.usps.com/votinginfo #BeTheirVoice #Vote #ClimateChange #TransientKillerWhales #BiggsKillerWhales

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3 weeks ago

It may be smoky out there, but that doesn’t seem to stop these Transient/Bigg’s Killer Whales from having some fun! 📸 Photos taken with zoom lens and cropped. #transientorcas #transientkillerwhales #killerwhales #orcas #salishseaorcas #salishsea #breachingwhales #ocean #sea #bewhalewise #respectwhales #respectocean #protectthesea #whalewatching #vancouverwhalewatch #pnw #britishcolumbia #beautifulbc #wildlife #wildlifephotography #vancouver

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3 weeks ago

T069C Kye. Photo taken by cvws team member Ella Smiley 💕 #t069c #biggskillerwhales #transientorcas #biggsarethebalance #whalewatching #terrestrialwhalewatching

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3 weeks ago

The Maternal leader of the Pod and one of her newest offspring traveling in the Salish Sea! #orcas #orcasofinstagram #transientorcas #killerwhale #killerwhales #orca #wildlife #wildlifephotography #pugetsound #whalewatching #whales #travelwashington #travel #a6500 #sigma150600 #boating

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3 weeks ago

A glimpse of the end of a Transient/Bigg’s Killer Whale pod hunting their prey. Killer whales are the top predator in all oceans around the world and have been for millions of years. They are extremely intelligent, social, and family-oriented animals. Watching them hunt also shows their extraordinary patience, coordination, and strength. The Transient/Bigg’s Killer Whales off our coast primarily hunt seals, sea lions, and porpoises. These whales will strategically hunt down their prey together (coordinated most likely by mom ) and share every kill with each other. The mother and older siblings will sometimes toss prey in the air using their tails and mouths to slow it down and to help teach younger family members how to kill their prey. Watching killer whales hunting is sometimes heartbreaking but also an impressive event to witness. Please respect whales and follow watching regulations which is to remain at least 400m from all whales. #transientkillerwhales #biggskillerwhales #killerwhales #orcas #transientorcas #orca #pod #family #whalewatching #vancouver #westcoast #pnw #britishcolumbia #beautifulbc #nature #naturephotography #whale #whalephotography #explorenature #explorebc #explorecanada #hellobc #ocean #sea #protecttheocean #savethesea #salishseaorcas #blackfish #vancouverwhalewatch @vanwhalewatch

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3 weeks ago

Meet T36A1, Tierna 🐳⁣ ⁣ When we said Leland (T36A ), raised some fierce kids, we meant it, and Tierna is the fiercest of them all. Born in 2005, this fifteen year old female has a flair for the dramatic during hunts. Whether headbutting seals or ramming harbor porpoise, a hunt with Tierna is seldom a dull affair. ⁣ ⁣ Given this reputation, I'm sure her marine mammal prey would find some irony in her nickname "Tierna", which means "tender" in spanish. Though perhaps it is fitting because she does seem to like to "tenderize" her meat before eating it...😅⁣ ⁣ Big sister to Kailas (T36A2 ) and Storm (T36A3 ), Tierna has experience caretaking and helping to provide for the family, experience that will serve her well when the time comes for her to lead a pod of her own. Given that Tierna is now the same age at which her mother gave birth to her, that next chapter of life might not be too far off.⁣ ⁣ T36A1 has a deep and distinctive nick along the center trailing edge of her dorsal fin. A smaller, more subtle notch can be found just beneath this. Look for this smaller notch when trying to ID her, because she shares that deep nick characteristic with T37A and her cousin T36B1. Look out for these three in a future "look-a-likes" post.⁣ ⁣ 📸 @smurph .travel, courtesy of @islandadventurewhales

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3 weeks ago

Staring contest with a seal! 👀 (Look closely to see the baby seal on the kelp. ) . . The T36As taunted this baby seal for like 10 minutes before finally hunting it! Hunting is often a social event for the family and killer whales are known for playing with their food. The family will usually hunt together and eat together, even when it’s only one baby seal. It can be hard sometimes to watch transients hunting - especially when you look their prey in the eye first. While the biologist in me loves to observe these behaviours, a part of me always wants to save the seal too. They’re just so darn cute!! . . **Photos taken with a telephoto lens and cropped. . . . . . . #conservationthrougheducation #conservation #orca #blackfish #killerwhale #biggs #biggskillerwhales #biggsarethebalance #transientorcas #marinescience #salishsea #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #canon #canon80d #explorebc #explorevictoria #savethewhales #saveourseas #whale #dolphin #orcinusorca #oceaneducation #oceanconservation

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3 weeks ago

Video highlights of our encounter with the T18s last weekend. The T18s are members of the Transients/Bigg’s killer whale population and prey on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, porpoises and even whales. The T18s consist of the matriarch grandmother T18 “Esperanza”, her daughter T19 “Nootka” and two grandsons T19B “Galiano” and T19C “Spouter”. Unlike the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, Transient killer whales are thriving despite being exposed to the same toxins and vessel traffic. The biggest difference between the two ecotypes is prey. Transients are dependent on a food source which is thriving while the residents are dependent on a food source that is in the decline. To see the full video visit our YouTube channel. #BiggsKillerWhales #TransientKillerWhales #BeTheirVoice

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3 weeks ago

Last week Sherry and I cashed in our gift cards (that we won from the #canadianimprovgames ) and went whale watching!! These are some of the highlights with the two orcas we were able to observe! Thank you #vanislandwhalewatch and of course this Saturday the full video comes out on my #youtubechannel kennethdamenath. #nanaimobc #pacificocean #orca #spyhop #transientorcas

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4 weeks ago

The Strait - Jour 1 - Aujourd'hui, la vie m'a gâtée en réalisant mon rêve d'enfance 🤩😍 Des orques (Transient Orcas, T69s peut etre? ) sont venues nous dire wasup peu de temps après qu'on se soit posé sur des rochers, au bord de l'eau 🥰 Un petit tête à tête, juste entre nous... Priceless!! 🙏 . . #orcas #johnstonestrait #broughtonarchipelago #orcasbc #transientorcas

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Dec 2019

Anyone home? 😁. Repost 👉🏼 @bauzas15 “How awesome must it be to have views like this from your home!”. . . . . #sanjuanislands #pacificnorthwest #salishsea #blackfish #keepthemwild #wildandfree #lostfrequency #ssos #salishsea #salishseaorcasquad #thanksbutnotanks #transientorcas

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Mar 2020

A pause in your day, with an ear underwater to hear the amazing vocalizations of transient orcas, also known as “Biggs” orcas. This footage is from @slatermoorephotography taken in Monterey, California. He added on the pre-recorded audio to provide a truly Bigg experience. Unlike resident orca populations who are fish eaters, transient orcas exclusively hunt marine mammals like sea lions and seals, porpoises, dolphins and other large whales. Resident and transient orcas also differ in their vocal traditions, habitat range, and the shapes of their dorsal fins. Resident orcas have round tipped dorsal fins, while transients have more pointed dorsal fins. Though the same species, these two eco types prefer to keep their distance from each other when traveling through the same waters, respecting each other’s ways, cultures, needs and relationships. Live and let live in the deep blue sea. #underwaterworld #orcas #orcinusorca #marinemammals #whale #wildlifephotography #whaleswithoutwalls #species #respect #differentbutthesame #deepbluesea #ocean #transientorcas #southernresidentorcas #culture

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Feb 2020

This was taken during what we call a “T-Party” - a party of transient (Bigg’s ) orcas! These stealthy and cautious animals are not frequently found splashing around like this, and I had never seen this before. I present to you: the TRIPLE BREACH. This whale party took place as several family groups got together to socialize - the T100s, T46s and T37s. . . Seeing events like this has become more common in the Salish Sea since the stabilization of seal and sea lion populations. While there are some voices pushing to cull fin-footed creatures, these incredible breaching orcas depend on their presence to stay healthy and strong enough to party like this. . . . #orca #killerwhale #whale #transientorcas #biggs #blackfish #conservation #marinescience #marineconservation #conservationthrougheducation #salishsea #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #canon #canon80d #explorebc #explorevictoria #saveourseas

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1 weeks ago

Look at that form!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I was cheering like a proud mama yesterday when little Darcy (T123D ) here executed a series of perfect porpoising leaps. She's only two years old, yet look at that style! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Darcy, her sister Lucky (T123C ), and mama Sidney (T123 ) were cruising the harbor porpoise rich waters of the Strait of Georgia when they got the signal from big brother Stanley (T123A ) that lunch was served. Immediately, the girls changed direction and started racing towards Stanley, Darcy flying out of the water with almost every breath. Darcy seemed all business at first, but once they got closer to the site of the hunt it seemed that her excitment got the better of her because her perfect little leaps started turning into backflips and belly rolls at the surface. Who can blame her, she's still just a baby 😂💕⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ These whales, these individuals, bring so much joy and wonder to those who have the privilege of encountering them in their oceanic world. I see the impact they leave on people almost every day, and witness how powerful it can be to be surrounded by the beauty of the natural world, a world many of us don't often take the time to stop and appreciate, yet one which each of us depend on all the same. ⁣ ⁣ Our actions have very real impacts on this stunning planet we call home, and soon those of us in the United States will have a chance to speak up for our planet, to show that we recognize our longterm health and safety is intricately intertwined with that of the natural world. We will decide whether we subject our beautiful country, and these incredible species, to more careless actions executed by those motivated by power and greed. ⁣ ⁣ Please Vote with the planet in mind, because we are its voice in this election. And please, Vote Early 🌎

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Feb 2020

An exciting morning in Active Pass today, the T060’s and T099’s made their way northbound! Beautiful picture by Sara Bowles ➡️ @llamabear94 . #transientorcas #transients #killerwhales #biggsarethebalance #T060s #T099s #activepass #ssos #salishsea #salishseaorcasquad #orca #orcas #galianoisland #mayneisland #southerngulfislands

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Oct 2019

A question we get a lot is how to tell the difference between Resident (salmon eating ) and Transient (mammal eating ) ecotypes. In this post we will explain the visual and some behavioral differences. The first photo is a comparison of male dorsal fins, the second photo is a comparison of female dorsal fins (Resident top photo, Transient bottom photo ). Dorsal Fin- Residents have a more rounded shape, while Transients dorsals tend to be more pointed. Both Residents and Transients can have notches and nicks, however transients often have scars, scratches, wounds and large nicks due to the fact that their prey fights back. Saddle Patches - Residents have more pigmented saddle patches that can be open or closed. Transients only have closed saddle patches that are a more lighter and greyish pigment. Size - Transients are slightly larger in size in comparison to Residents. Transients can get up to 23 ft (7.2 meters ) while Transients can get up to 26 ft (8 meters ). Family Size - Residents travel in large pods of over 15+ members consisting of family members, pods are led by the eldest female or grandmother. Transients are also travel with their families but in smaller groups less than 10 members led by the mother. It is more efficient for Transients to travel in smaller groups because of their prey and hunting techniques. Other fun facts - Resident and Transient never interact with one another, however they do interact with members of their own ecotype, meaning Resident pods will socialize with other Resident pods, Transient families interact with other Transient families. When you see all Southern Resident killer whale pods together (J, K and L ) this is called a Super Pod. When you see multiple family groups together this is called a T Party. Residents and Transients have entirely different dialects and are even genetically different because they do not interbreed. Leave us a comment below to tell us what you notice in the photo of the dorsals! 📸: James Gresham & Joshua Woods @pnw_woods

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Mar 2020

This is part 2 of the post from a couple days ago when one of the T101 boys sneaking up on us. While most close passes involve the whales taking a quick peek at us, it’s rare that they hang out next to the boat, staring up at us for several surfaces. This is the only time I’ve really looked a wild orca in the eye. It’s truly a spiritual experience. Moments like these make it feel like the conservation of this species should be self-explanatory. . . All whale watching guidelines observed, and the boat was turned off for the safety of the animals. . . . #orca #killerwhale #blackfish #biggs #transientorcas #nofishnoblackfish #conservation #marineconservation #marinescience #saveourseas #savethewhales #conservationphotography #naturephotography #conservationthrougheducation #salishsea #wildlife #explorebc #explorevictoria #canon #canon80d #natgeoyourshot

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